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M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere

Date uploaded: September 28, 2011

Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere

M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere is a platform for scholarship in contemporary art that uniquely addresses the study of social questions of public space and the public sphere. The program's two-year interdisciplinary course of study encompasses seminars on curatorial practices and the histories of exhibition; public sphere, social and critical theories; and selected topics in modern and contemporary art history.

Roski's new M.A. program features a curatorial practicum, conceived as a laboratory for students to collaborate on an exhibition project that explores city-space. In a master's thesis, students develop new scholarship in modern and contemporary art and its interpretation in relation to the social conditions of public space and the public sphere. An annual program of guest speakers, Critical Conversations, brings practitioners, scholars, and critics into conversation with students to share developments and critiques of how artists, curators, architects and others engage and theorize the complexities of public space.

Visiting lecturers from recent years include:

Edgar Arceneaux, Vito Acconci, Ute Meta Bauer, Beatrice von Bismarck, Mark Bradford, Gregg Bordowitz, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Teddy Cruz, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Harrell Fletcher, Andrea Fraser, Thelma Golden, Renée Green, Boris Groys, Hou Hanru, Alfredo Jaar, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Grant Kester, Rick Lowe, Allan McCollum, Kyong Park, Anne Pasternak, Marko Peljhan, Patricia Phillips, Marjetica Potrc, Allan Sekula, Felicity Scott, Gregory Sholette, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Krzysztof Wodiczko. 

About the USC Roski School of Fine Arts
First organized in 1883, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts is the oldest art school in Southern California. A supportive environment for experimentation in visual art of all media, the school encourages interdisciplinary, progressive approaches to studio art, design, curatorial practice, and critical studies. With equal emphasis on making and thinking, the USC Roski School prepares artists, designers, curators, and writers to contribute in new and meaningful ways both to their fields and to society at large.

For further information on the M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, please contact us at [email protected] or visit the website below.

For more information about application requirements, or to apply online, visit roski.usc.edu/ma/admission.html or call 213-743-8540.

Visit roski.usc.edu/ma/

Installation view of

Installation view of "Work After Work," 2011 curatorial practicum exhibition